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Love in a Small Town…
Bestselling women’s fiction author, Curtiss Ann Matlock, brings us the story of Molly and Tommy Lee Hayes, and the ups and downs of their enduring love. It is also the first glimpse at the beloved fictional town of Valentine, Oklahoma.
“Above all, this is a beautiful love story about aging, changing, life and marital/family relationships and what it means to make a promise of forever. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful read–any time of the year.” ~ Ionia Martin, Readful Things Blog
High-school sweethearts, Molly and Tommy Lee Hayes are considered the perfect couple. They married young, built a family, and are now about to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary at the VFW hall. However, beneath the perfection, dissatisfaction smolders. One morning Molly packs her things–including both her cat and her horse–and takes off for the sanctuary of Aunt Hestie’s cottage, the place reserved for all women of her family who leave their husbands. Tommy Lee is left bewildered and holding his own anger.
With her engaging style of affectionate humor and emotional drama, Curtiss Ann Matlock goes deep into the hidden desires and needs of a passionate woman and the man strong enough to love her. Proving that romance is never dead and that no marriage is an island is a cast of colorful supporting characters:
- Molly’s family of women—Mama, who goes frequently in public dressed in her robe, and the four other unique Collier sisters–as well as the spirits of Collier women long dead. When one is threatened, they come together as an invincible force.
- Sam Ketchum, who is Tommy Lee’s best friend, and who has always loved Molly.
- Savannah, eldest child, pregnant and excitable, and her recalcitrant husband; sons Boone and Colter, grown but still with childish expectations of their parents.
- And the entire community of Valentine, Oklahoma, everyone having a view on Molly and Tommy Lee’s situation, and a great deal to say about it, too.
“This tender story of passionate love and family devotion is a splendid example of Ms. Matlock’s ability to look deep into the soul of individuals and celebrate their strengths and foibles. Wonderful!” ~ Romantic Times Magazine.
Miracle on I-40, a Christmas Romance…
Lacey Brant is the ever-hopeful waitress at Gerald’s Truckstop Restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a spot that is clear across the country from her home and family in North Carolina. It has been eleven years since Lacey ran away from her angry father. Now she wants to go home again. A single mother struggling to raise her own children, she longs for her father’s forgiveness, her mother’s sweet embrace, and to share with her aging parents the two grandchildren they have never seen.
Cooper is every inch a modern-day Scrooge who wants no part of traveling across country with two children. But he has promised to help out a friend, so he loads Lacey and her brood into his eighteen-wheeler and carries them across the country with him on Interstate-40. As the miles roll under the big truck’s wheels, it turns out to be Lacey and her children who are bringing Cooper along with them, on a journey that takes them home to the heart.
In this revised edition of a Curtiss Ann Matlock classic, readers are treated once again to a cast of lovable characters in a magical romance as sweet and tender as a Christmas cookie. Open the pages and enjoy!